Stronger Towns Fund

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:42 pm on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee 6:42 pm, 4th March 2019

The Secretary of State will be aware that, if the UK were still a member of the EU after 2020, South Yorkshire would again be eligible for less-developed region status because its economy has fallen back against EU averages since 2014. If it were entitled to EU funding, South Yorkshire would receive £1 billion over seven years. So either his announcement today is totally inadequate, or he is going to promise that, under the shared prosperity fund, South Yorkshire will get exactly what it would have got under EU funding if we were still in the EU.